View The Full Programme For The 2020 Working Internationally Conference And Book Tickets

View the full programme for the 2020 Working Internationally Conference and book tickets

2020 Working Internationally Conference: Can Museums and Galleries Save UK Diplomacy? Soft Power in Turbulent Times

Thursday 12 March, Leeds Art Gallery


10:30 – 11:00 Registration, refreshments, networking

11:00 – 11:10 Welcome and Introduction

11:10 – 11:55 Session 1: Setting the Scene

Session Chair: Kathryn Simpson, NMDC

Helen Jones, Director of Global Engagement and Strategy, Science Museum Group (SMG)

Kate Arthurs, Head of Arts, British Council

Lone Britt Christensen, Cultural Attache, Embassy of Denmark in the UK

Andrew Mackay, Director, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

11:55 – 12:40 Session 2: Restitution and Decolonisation through the lens of soft power

Tonya Nelson, Chair of ICOM UK in conversation with Terry Simiote Nyambe, Assistant Curator of Ichthyology, Livingstone Museum, Zambia and ICOM Executive Board.

12:40 – 13:55 Lunch and networking

13:25 – 13:55 ICOM UK Annual General Meeting

13:55 – 14:30 Session 3: Digital soft power

Session Chair: Arran Rees, ICOM UK

Dr Natalia Grincheva, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Melbourne and author of Global Trends in Museum Diplomacy and Museum Diplomacy in the Digital Age.

14:30 – 15:15 Session 4: Soft power in the next decade

Session Chair: Catherine McDermott, ICOM UK

Nick Marchand, Head of International, V&A

Paul Brummell, Head of Soft Power and External Affairs Department, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)

15:15 – 15:35 Break, refreshments, networking

15:35 – 16:10 Session 5: Soft power in action

Cat Lumb, Producer: Jallianwala Bagh 1919: Punjab Under Siege | Secondary and Post-16 Co-ordinator (Humanities/Arts), Manchester Museum

Dr Sarah Worden, Senior Curator African Collections, National Museums Scotland

16:10 – 16:40 Session 6: Where do we go from here?

Session Chair and Speakers as per Session 1.

16:40 – 16:45 Thank you and close of conference

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The conference will examine the variety of ways in which museums and galleries create and influence soft power. We will hear from a range of representatives from museums and galleries, government agencies and NGOs to understand the interplay between policy, business and culture in the shaping of diplomacy. The conference will also explore the relationship between soft power and museum sector issues such as decolonization and digital engagement and the practicalities of developing mutually beneficial international projects and partnerships.

The Working Internationally Conference is organised by ICOM UK and NMDC with support from the British Council.